A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Doodle God wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
Ease of Play
In terms of controls and rules, the game couldn't be easier to play. Finding each new combination becomes more and more challenging, though, as you go along.
Violence & Scariness
You'll never see anybody get hurt, but sometimes combining certain elements gives the hint of something violent having occurred, such as combining a human with fire and getting a corpse.You will see bluish corpses and red splotches of blood, though.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
This is a spoiler, but combining two humans allows you to create "sex." This is depicted with a drawing of a naked man and woman in missionary position.
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The game uses many famous quotations, some of which contain mild swear words, like "hell" and "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One of the "elements" you can create in the game is alcohol. From that, you can create different kinds of alcohol, like Vodka. And if you create a human being and combine it with alcohol, you create an "alcoholic." Also some of the famous quotations used make reference to alcoholic beverages. You can also create tobacco.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Doodle God puts players in the role of a god creating a new universe from scratch. Starting with only four elements (earth, air, fire, and water), you need to combine the elements to figure out how to create everything else in existence. You can create alcoholic beverages in the game and there are jokes about alcohol. You can also make two humans have sex. Everything is depicted with small thumbnail images. There is also a fantasy aspect to the game, as you can end up creating fantasy monsters like golems, ghosts, zombies, and walking tree people (treants). Our review is based on the iPhone app; the Android app may have some differences in functionality.
Is It Any Good?
DOODLE GOD is a fabulously original concept. Can you create everything in existence, from swamps and clay to dolphins and plasma out of four elements (earth, air, fire, and water)? There's a whole lot of trial and error, mixing one thing with another just to see what happens. But there's also a good strategic aspect to the game. If it gives you a clue such as "What could you combine to form plankton?" you can look at what you've got and decide that your best shot would be water and bacteria. Poof! You've got plankton -- which you can then combine with other elements to create even more new things. This game is addictively fun.
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